Evening top 5: Kenny forced to deny leadership question once again; first results from Dutch exit poll

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

The Taoiseach has again been forced to deny that he is about to step down from his position.

It comes after journalists in Washington were sent a copy of his speech that included an explicit line stating that this would be his final St Patrick's Day as Taoiseach.

A second version of the speech was quickly issued - but the mistake forced Kenny into a denial that his time will shortly be up.

The mix-up will be highly unwelcome for Mr Kenny on the night before he is due to meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House.


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has won the country's election, holding off a strong challenge from far-right leader Geert Wilders, exit polls suggest.

Mr Rutte's VVD party is reported to have taken 31 of the 150 parliamentary seats, or 21% of the vote - down from 27% in the 2012 election.

The PM, who has moved more to the right on issues such as immigration defeated Mr Wilders' anti-Islam, anti-immigrant PVV party, which is said to have won 19 seats (13%).

This puts him equal second with two others - the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and the Democracy party D66.


New equipment is being used this evening as the search continues off the coast of Mayo for the three missing crew members from Coast Guard Rescue 116.

A black box signal has been detected by the search team, which is helping to pinpoint the location of the suspected crash site.

While sea conditions are currently too rough to dive, Jurgen Whyte from the Air Accident Investigation Unit said he is confident they're making progress.


Gardaí are investigating after a 10-week-old girl was hospitalised with serious injuries in County Louth.

The little girl was removed to a local hospital on Monday and was later transferred to a Dublin hospital where she remains in a serious condition.

A garda spokesperson said the circumstances around how the child received her injuries is now the subject of a garda investigation.


Donald Trump has hit out at Snoop Dogg amid controversy over the rapper's latest music video.

In the video - a remix of the song Lavender by Canadian group BadBadNotGood - Snoop fires a toy gun at a clown character dressed up as the US President.

A flag saying 'bang' pops out of the gun after it's fired. The clown also appears tied up in chains during the politically-charged video.